Madison WI - Arvada, CO
John was born in 1943 to his parents Marshall and Jessie
Melby and was raised in Madison, Wisconsin. He went to the
University of Wisconsin where he earned a Bachelor's and
Master's degree in Geological Sciences. He then worked in
the Oil and Gas Industry for 47 years at various companies
(Amoco Oil, Davis Oil, Apache Oil, Enron, and EOG
Resources). He called EOG Resources home for the last 25
years, retiring last October. He met Barbara in college as
she was one of very few girls into geology at the time. They
married in 1967 and had two beautiful daughters, Karen and
Jenny. Later in life he became Grampa to four wonderful
grandchildren, Josh, Allison, Michaela, and Jonah.
John was also involved in a variety of clubs; he was an
active member in the North JeffCo Gem and Mineral Club, the
Denver Orchid Society, the National Rifle Association, the
American Society of Petroleum Geologists, the Wyoming
Geology Association, and the Rocky Mountain Association of
Geologists where in 2011, he was awarded the Geologist of
the Year for his discovery of the Jake Well in Weld County,
Colorado (the start of the horizontal drilling frenzy in
Colorado and Wyoming).
Besides working, he enjoyed many hobbies. He loved to fish,
hunt and camp, grow orchids, make wine, ski, and scuba dive.
He was also an avid mineral collector. During the summer,
you would often find him on the top of Mt. Antero digging
for aquamarines at his claim. You could also count on him
faceting the many stones he found into beautiful cut
gemstones. He was truly "A Man of Many Facets"